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Buying at Auction


Bidding: How to Beat The Computer in the Room

The internet has revolutionized auction, changing the way auctions are conducted worldwide. With internet auction sites like Live Auctioneers, Art Fact, Auction Zip and The Sale Room, anyone can bid in real time during an auction almost like they were there on the floor. Online bidders have a way of increasing the auctioneer’s bottom line but to […]

Equal Footing: The +1 of absentee bidding

By Renee Corbino   Over dinner with some of my colleagues in the auction world, we began talking about absentee bidding and how sometimes an item will sell to a floor bidder for the exact same amount as an earlier absentee bid.  Many times clients feel that because their bid was in first, prior to […]
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From Mad Men to My Mother-in Law: Mid-Century Hoop Chairs

By Renee Corbino My husband and I had dinner with my in-laws the other night, and as soon as we arrived my mother in-law shared this article with me, about a pair of chairs that she had submitted to The Washington Post for advice on restoring them.  She referred to them as olive chairs, and […]
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You Want to Set a Table Like Betty Draper? You can, and its cheap too!

By Renee Corbino You’re ready to host a formal dinner for a special occasion and you want to throw it Mad Men style?  Betty Draper in Season 2, Episode 8, titled “A Night to Remember” throws a formal dinner party for  several of Don’s business partners.  Her table is exquisitely set with fine china, silver, […]
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Print & Graphics Series I: Identification of The Lithograph

Lithograph is a a word you will hear thrown around a lot if you spend any amount of time in the art or auction industry looking at antique prints and graphics. To many people, every print is a “lithograph” though this is not technically correct. Lithograph is NOT a term, it is a medium of […]

Buyer’s Premium Explained

Buyer’s Premium: At auction, the Buyer’s Premium is an expense, added to the Hammer Price, which is price the auctioneer sells an item for on the sales floor during the auction.  For example, if you go to an auction with a buyer’s premium of 15%, buy something on the sales floor for $100, when you […]

Absentee Bidding: 6 Tips to Make Sure You Get What You Pay For

By Renee Corbino So, you’ve combed the internet for that painting by the artist you saw on your honeymoon in Italy, the porcelain figurine you remember from your grandparents house as a child, or that perfect piece of jewelry to celebrate your 10 year anniversary, and you’re ready to buy.  The only problem? The auctions […]

Phone Bidding 101

Bidding by phone can be a great choice when you’re unable to attend an auction in person.  It allows you to be right in the middle of the action, and ultimately you have complete control over the price that you pay.  When it comes time to bid, you’re assigned to an auction house employee who […]
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“It’s Toasted!”: Mad Men & Lucky Strike Collectables

By Renee Corbino The opening scene of AMC’s Mad Men introduced us to advertising executive Don Draper, who was writing notes on a napkin while sitting in a bar. He talks to a waiter about his preferred brand of cigarettes, and Don hopes to glean from the conversation why smokers are loyal to one brand […]

First time auction buyer? Eight tips to make your first auction a success!

By Renee Corbino Buying at auction can be a very intimidating process. Popular culture represents auctions as comedic situations, where a simple blink of your eyes or a scratch of your nose will result in the winning of a million dollar painting you can’t afford. Rest assured, auctions are not nearly as complicated or risky […]